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Summer Barbeque to celebrate ‘getting back together’


Clients and staff from Respite Services, Omagh gathered to host a Summer Barbeque to celebrate ‘getting back together’ to recognise that many people have felt isolated and lonely during the COVID pandemic.

The Respite Team, which provides a range of services socially for clients with enduring mental health illness is a lifeline and an integral part of their Recovery Journey and providing essential respite for their Carers. It creates the social environment for people to come together whilst also providing structure, routine and support for clients to allow them to attain recovery goals. 

The service inspires hope by promoting independence and motivates clients to try new things and develop new skills.

The service promotes Day opportunities for both Clients and Carers.

Mark Hunter, Respite Service Manager at the Western Trust said: 

“We are very aware of how the past two years has impacted everyone in the community and particularly people with a mental health illness. This event helps our clients to reconnect and socialise with their friends again after a period of social isolation. We are delighted to welcome everyone to our first Summer BBQ and enjoy some delicious food and treats in a relaxed and friendly environment.  It is so important for our clients to be able to meet again and brings a sense of normality and hope for a better time ahead.

“We are very thankful to our clients for their tremendous effort in making this BBQ event such a success and hope that this is one of many celebration events to come in the future.”